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At Paris Memorial, Hollande Vows To Crush 'Army Of Fanatics'
Friday, November 27, 2015
French President Francois Hollande vowed Friday to crush the "army of fanatics" who carried out this month's deadly terror attacks in Paris, as he presided over a national memorial service for the victims. The commemoration, held at Paris' Invalides national monument, began with a somber reading of the names and ages of the 130 people who died in the attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. It has been two weeks since the team of Islamic State militants swept... (Full Story)
After Terrorist Attacks, Support for Refugees Fades
Friday, November 27, 2015
The terrorists who killed and injured almost 500 people around Paris this month are mostly French or Belgian nationals. But at least two apparently took advantage of Europe’s migrant crisis to sneak into the region. The discovery has hardened views about legitimate refugees, including those fleeing the same extremist violence that hit the French capital. Lisa Bryant has this report for VOA from the Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise (Full Story)
Syrian Migrants: Germans Still Welcoming After Paris Attacks
Friday, November 27, 2015
Syrian migrants living in a camp in the German town of Giessen say the Paris attacks have not changed the attitudes of local Germans toward them. While a few people reported incidents of minor harassment, most people seemed happy with the way the local community has accepted them. Abdul Hameed Omar stood at a bus station outside Rodgön, one of the largest camps set up for Syrian and other migrants in Giessen. While he complained about facilities and services inside the camp, out... (Full Story)
China Releases Journalist Gao Yu for Declining Health
Friday, November 27, 2015
Imprisoned veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu, 71, was released on medical parole on Friday, one day after Beijing’s high court ruled to reduce her sentence from seven years to five years on appeal, according to her lawyer Shang Baojun. Despite her release, rights advocates lamented that her conviction for leaking state secrets was not overturned, despite the widespread criticism of her case. Lawyer Shang confirmed Friday that Gao has left prison, putting an end to her seven-month... (Full Story)
Chinese Activist Sentenced to 6 Years for Protesting Censorship
Friday, November 27, 2015
China has sentenced three human rights activists to harsh prison terms for participating in an anti-censorship protest in 2013. The attorney for the three, Zhang Lei, told VOA that he is "shocked and angered" by the verdict, which gave a sentence of six years to activist Guo Feixiong. Zhang said the court added an extra criminal charge to his client's case just moments before Friday's trial started. "The way the court has unilaterally imposed new criminal... (Full Story)
Number of Child Brides to Soar in Africa, Say Rights Groups
Friday, November 27, 2015
The 14-year-old girl had just arrived home from school when her family told her to swap her school uniform for traditional wedding robes. While she had been sitting in her seventh grade classroom in South Africa, her male relatives had received a $570 bride price for her from a man she'd never met who was twice her age. As is the case with many child brides, beatings and rape were common in her new marital home. After a number of failed escape attempts, she finally made it over a... (Full Story)
After Terrorist Attacks, Support in France for Refugees Fades
Friday, November 27, 2015
The bracelet on his wrist reads: “Proud to be Syrian.” For Aleppo native Anas Sharr, it’s a daily, defiant reminder of the war-shattered country he fled a few months ago. Home these days is a comfortable, low-slung recreational center outside Paris that abuts a lake and woods. Soon Sharr will be moving once again –  to a grim high-rise where he will share a bathroom and kitchen with a half-dozen other refugees. “They welcomed us, they showed us good hospitality and helped us a... (Full Story)
Turkish PM Seeks to Ease Tensions With Russia
Friday, November 27, 2015
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sought to ease tensions with Russia after Ankara shot down a Russian plane near the Turkey-Syrian border earlier this week. In an opinion piece published in Britain's The Times newspaper Friday, Davutoglu said, "While the measures to defend our territory will remain in place, Turkey will work with Russia and our allies to calm tensions." He said fighting the Islamic State group is the top priority. Russia reacted angrily after... (Full Story)
2 Palestinians Killed After Attacking Israeli Troops
Friday, November 27, 2015
Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after they rammed their cars into soldiers in separate attacks in the West Bank on Friday as the country's defense minister urged Israelis to brace themselves for more violence, saying he cannot see an end to the near-daily Palestinian attacks. Friday's attacks, in which at least eight Israeli soldiers were injured, were the latest in over two months of bloodshed that erupted over tensions at a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem,... (Full Story)
US Backers of Syrian Refugees Step Up Campaign
Friday, November 27, 2015
U.S. advocates for Syrian refugees are intensifying a campaign to boost public support for resettling them in the United States, as opinion polls suggest more than half of U.S. citizens oppose the resettlement program. U.S. President Barack Obama has said he wants to welcome at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the 2016 fiscal year, on top of the 2,234 Syrians whom the State Department says have been admitted to the United States since October 2010. In three U.S. opinion polls published... (Full Story)
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